Arkansas Crime

A former circuit judge who pleaded guilty to bribery late last year will go before a federal judge this fall for sentencing, according to court documents filed late Wednesday.

Mike Maggio was scheduled to be sentenced July 24 in federal court in Little Rock. However, the sentencing has been postponed until 10:30 a.m., Nov. 20 before Chief District Judge Brian S. Miller.

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Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office

Authorities say an armed man who was shot by guards this week outside of an Air Force base in Arkansas has died.

Little Rock FBI office spokeswoman Deb Green says 43-year-old Larry McElroy, of Jacksonville, died late Tuesday at an area hospital.

Investigators say McElroy drove his SUV over a curb outside the Little Rock Air Force Base's main gate on Monday and struck a sign. They say guards shot him after he exited the vehicle holding a rifle.

It's unclear why McElroy went to the base, located about 15 miles northeast of its namesake city.

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Authorities have identified the armed suspect who was shot and critically wounded by guards outside a sprawling military base in Arkansas, and say he has no ties to terrorism.

The FBI on Tuesday identified Larry McElroy as the man who drove his SUV over a curb at Little Rock Air Force Base on Monday, crashed into a street sign and began to exit his vehicle holding a rifle.

McElroy was shot by two guards. He remained in critical condition Tuesday.

Prosecutors have charged the owners and a former funeral director of a closed Arkansas funeral home with corpse abuse, five months after bodies were found stacked on top of each other and lying outside of a freezer, decomposing.

Jacksonville police say Arkansas Funeral Care's owners, 86-year-old LeRoy Wood and his 61-year-old son, Rod Wood, surrendered Tuesday. Funeral director Edward Snow was arrested Monday and released on bond.

Questions remain about the identity and intentions of an armed man who military officials say was shot and critically wounded after trying to drive into a sprawling Air Force base in Arkansas.

The commander of the Little Rock Air Force Base said two guards stationed at the base's main gate quickly recognized a threat when the civilian drove his SUV over a curb, crashed through a sign and began to exit his vehicle holding a rifle.

The commander of the Little Rock Air Force Base says an SUV jumped a curb and knocked over a street sign near the base's front gate before the driver got out with a rifle.

Col. Charles Brown Jr. said guards began firing after seeing the man was armed and quickly recognized it as a threat. The base hasn't released the man's name, but says he's in critical condition at a hospital.

Brown said at a news conference that he didn't know whether the man fired his weapon at the scene. He says the base is secure.

A former Arkansas district judge convicted of drug charges has been sentenced in an unrelated mail fraud case involving American Indian artifacts.

Bob Castleman, who was a judge in Pocahontas over a decade ago, has been sentenced to 21 months in prison and must pay nearly $16,800 in restitution.

The Jonesboro Sun reports  that Castleman had claimed to an insurance company in 2012 that Native American arrowheads were stolen from his residence. FBI agents later found the arrowheads in 2013.

An Arkansas State basketball player is charged with punching a police officer in the throat at a medical facility.

Police say Anthony Livingston, 22, hit Jonesboro Officer Tyler Wilson on Thursday after Wilson threatened to shoot him with a stun gun because Livingston was being combative and resisting arrest. It wasn't clear why Livingston was at the medical facility.

Livingston fled but was arrested after being shot with a stun gun near the Arkansas State football stadium.

Wilson is hospitalized; his condition isn't known.

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Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office

Boxer Jermain Taylor is facing a new charge after he was accused of hitting another resident at the rehabilitation center where he has been confined since he was charged with shooting his cousin and threatening a child with a gun.

A Pulaski County District judge issued the second-degree battery warrant Thursday. Sheriff's Office spokesman Carl Minden said the charge is connected to a report from earlier this month that Taylor hit a resident at the Oasis Renewal Center in Little Rock.

Arkansas' highest court has upheld the conviction of a doctor serving a life sentence for killing two men at a Conway home in 2002.

The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the 2013 capital murder conviction of Richard Conte in the deaths of Carter Elliott and Timothy Robertson. Prosecutors charged Conte in 2011 as he was being released from prison in Nevada, where he was serving time for kidnapping his ex-wife, who was once married to Carter Elliott.